If you just started punching, you might be wondering how to tell how close punch needle stitches need to be.
The answer: it depends.
To show you what I mean, I punched with 3 different depths using my CTR punch needle.
Watch the video:
Punching the Samples:
First, I punched with all of the depth adjustors (gauge material) on the needle.
This is about the same as level 1 on the Ultra Punch.
This is about the same as level 5 on the Ultra Punch.
Next, I took off the two smaller depth adjustors on the needle and punched a couple of rows.
Finally, I took off all of the depth adjustors on the needle to punch a few rows.
This is about the same as level 12 on the Ultra Punch.
The Results: how close do the stitches need to be?
Here’s the back of my work. I worked from the bottom and went up.
The bottom is the shallowest depth punches and the top punches are the deepest depth punches.
Here’s the front.
As you can see, all three punched areas look full,
but I was able to punch the rows progressively further apart as my punch loops got longer.
Punching further apart:
If you punch far apart with all of the depth adjustors on the needle
(a short punching height)
like I did here.
You will have gaps in your punching and need to go back and fill in the holes with more punches.
So, how close together you need to punch your stitches really depends on how deep of a loop you are punching.
This topic and much more is covered in the Beginner’s Guide to Punch Needle.